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City welcomes stranded travelers

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2012

Swiftel Center provides place to stay

The blizzard of this past weekend ushered in the good, the bad and the ugly.

Brookings provided the good; the weather provided the bad; and icy roadways provided some ugly accidents but with the "good" that no fatalities or serious injuries occured.

In a sort of after-action email, Brookings Chief of Police Jeff Miller reported "vehicles in the ditches and accidents in town and out on the highways."

On Sunday afternoon, northbound traffic on I-29 was backed up from exit 132 south to exit 125, following two semis going off the road near exit 132. And the closure of I-29 meant travelers had to get off in Brookings.

Some of those travelers were able to stay with friends or check into hotels and motels. Others were stranded, with nowhere to stay. That's when the Swiftel Center, with the help of other agencies came to the rescue.

For the complete article see the 12-11-2012 issue.

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